Virus case delays refugee Olympic team’s Tokyo arrival

Almost all of the athletes from the refugee Olympic team have had their arrival at the Tokyo Games delayed after a team official tested positive for the coronavirus

Twenty-six refugee athletes from around the world will stay and train in Qatar, where they had been attending a “welcome experience” before a planned departure to Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

The unidentified official who tested positive was put into isolation by Qatari authorities. The other athletes and officials have tested negative.

“As a consequence, it was decided that the team would currently not travel to Tokyo and will continue their training in Doha while being tested daily,” the IOC said. “The IOC, in cooperation with the Qatar Olympic Committee, is supporting the team and evaluating the situation. The next steps will be communicated once they are decided.”

Three other refugee athletes weren’t at the event in Qatar and can travel independently, the IOC said.

Tokyo reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost six months on Wednesday.


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